STEPPING into 65 Short Road is like stepping into a little piece of heaven.
And clearly when the owner of this home decided to decorate it herself, she found her inspiration in the celestial – creating a romantic, elegant haven for her family in the leafy suburb of Walmer, Port Elizabeth.
The intensely private owners, who have since relocated to Cape Town, made several changes to the home, with the biggest possibly being the unique finishes.
A tunnel of trees greets visitors at the entrance of the driveway, which opens up into a neat and welcoming entrance. A perfectly manicured garden and white gazebo reveal a bit of the romance of the home but nothing can prepare you for the beauty once you step inside.
A silver daybed with an assortment of fluffy cushions greets you in the entrance hall. The hall in turn opens into a reception area with an office/ study to the left and a formal lounge to the right. Throughout the house the decor consists of silver and white fabrics, wicker and stonewashed furniture matched with decorations of candles, white wooden hearts of all sizes, mirrors and feathers as well as black and white family photos framed by white stonewashed frames.
A second lounge and dining room area looks onto the pool and back garden, with the kitchen, entertainment and family rooms to the left. The kitchen and scullery have all the creature comforts one would expect, with a built-in gas stove and oven in the centre of the kitchen. The family or theatre room is equipped with a projector to watch movies and TV on the entire section of one wall, offset with the old-style charm of a beautiful white piano and built-in bookshelves.
Possibly the most stylish bar area in any South African home I have ever seen, is complemented with a neighbouring pool table which, when closed up, can also be used as a dining room table. If it was not pointed out as a bar area, I would simply have thought of it as another romantic corner of the home.
A functional double garage to the left of the home is complemented with a studio/ gym upstairs with its own shower and toilet.
The home surprises you around every corner, from small decorations, like little hearts around the door handles, to big fixtures, like the white wendy/ dollhouse next to the left wing of the house – complete with a mock chandelier inside.
The five bedrooms and bathrooms are in the right wing of the home. Most of the beds have mosquito nets, adding to the romantic theme of the home. The owners have twin daughters and their bedrooms are joined by one bathroom and a common play area.
The main bedroom especially grand with a walk-in dressing room with white leather seats and a huge bathroom, which opens with sliding doors to an outside shower that can also be reached through the twins’ rooms.
A sunny upstairs bedroom, with another bathroom, looks onto the Walmer Golf Course – which the house borders onto and which can be reached through a small gate with access rights. The property is secured with electrified fencing and CCTV cameras. The property also has a large standby generator, borehole, domestic servant quarters, a storeroom and laundry.
It is selling for R5.95-million through Solomons Crafford Properties.